This courageous pensioner and cancer sufferer has been left with horrific bruising after cruel thieves attacked her as she tried to stop them stealing her mobility scooter.
Ida Brown is now in agony after foiling the attempted burglary at her home in Dunston as dawn broke on Sunday morning.
The 79-year-old was woken up just after 5.30am when her cat, named Henry VIII because of his size, was disturbed by a noise at the back door.
Ida, who lives alone and is currently battling leukaemia, went to see what was going on and noticed shadows outside the back of her home on Ross Avenue.
She opened the door to investigate further but was confronted by two young men who immediately shoved her into the wall and fled the scene.
It left a distraught Ida in a crumple on the floor with an injured knee and significant bruising her to her eyes and face.
Ida has luckily not sustained any long term injuries but she says the incident has left her scared to open her door to strangers.
She said: “They didn’t manage to steal my scooter but I can just remember them running away and shouting ‘we’ll be back..
“I have leukaemia and just had a pacemaker fitted in my heart before all this happened so I do need my mobility scooter to get me around.
“My knee is really painful and I couldn’t open my eye for a few days afterwards. Because of my leukaemia I can’t have some of the painkillers so it does hurt a lot.
“I just hope that the police manage to catch the people who did it because there are lots of elderly people around here and I don’t want anyone to go through what I had to.”
Detectives have already carried out extensive enquiries following Sunday morning’s attack and are determined to find those responsible.
Anyone with information that may help police identify those responsible is asked to contact 101 quoting log 504 28/02/21.
You can also report online at the Northumbria Police website or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.